Green Flash Saison Diego
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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.62 | pDev: 12.15%
Mar 17, 2018
Mar 26, 2012
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3.44 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Mar 17, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

The appearance has a hazy golden yellow colored body. Lacing slides in the chalice but clings in the pint glass. The smell has orange peel up front combined with coriander, ginger and hops. Some lemon comes out more so as it warms. The taste is mainly citrus, yet spicy and somewhat refreshingly sweet. The palate is about a light to medium, sessionable, appropriately carbonated and for my liking. Overall, pretty nice Saison at least to me. I'd have again.

Jun 27, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by descobar from Florida

(2012) 22 oz Bomber
I expected to throw away this bottle, seeing that saisons are very delicate and that this is a session level abv (4.5%) beer. NOT to be
Look: deep golden with a lovely thick, frothy off white head about an inch in height. head has excellent retention (even after minutes there's still a quarter inch present) and nice lacing rings are observed.
Smell: slight funk, bretty aroma is prevalent. yeasty phenolics and spices are present (something I couldn't figure out turns out to be ginger, but its subtle). no trans 2 nonenal oxidation is detected. just a light solventy thing going on in the background...
Taste: just slightly sour (not even quite tart). light wheat cereal malt flavors combine with orange and spices and mild hop bitterness. the ginger has almost disappeared. very mellow but balanced.
Palate: body is medium and texture very creamy which follows the look of the foam. carbonation is lively and astringency very soft. The finish is short and very dry. A good trait in a saison.
Overall: wow. a 4.5% almost 5 year old beer has almost no aging elements (off flavors and/or aromas)??? it's maybe mellowed to a point where some might find it uninteresting. but its subtle funkyness and soft spices make it a very enjoyable session beer.

Jun 16, 2017
2 by gruss004 from Oklahoma on Jul 03, 2016
3.58 by Squire from Mississippi on Jun 28, 2016
1.91 by djkrause from Georgia on Jun 10, 2016
3.59 by CBrodbeck from Florida on Jun 04, 2016
3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas on Mar 21, 2016
3.82 by MickeyHops from California on Mar 19, 2016
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3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by aleigator from Germany

Big white head, slightly yellow body. Wheat aroma, some spices, nearly like a belgium triple. Taste is pretty refreshing, a nice body, well balanced. Some peppers and cardamon in it, also orange. Not a long lasting taste, but very refreshing.

Dec 18, 2015
3.8 by dcmchew from Romania on Dec 15, 2015
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3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

For an unfiltered beer, it's awfully clear. Bright yellow, big head that slips down to nil with a quickness.

Aroma: Spice is on top of things, initially, backed up with citric notes, and Belgian funkification.

Taste: Crisp, refreshing bite, clean, smooth. Light bodied, with a mild hop bitterness. Light bodied, easy drinking. Bright citrus character reveals itself, distinguished from the spice.
Good hot weather quencher here. Very toss-back-able, although I feel it may be slightly strong, perhaps higher than 7%, but not much higher, could even be 8+? (No, it's 4.2%!)

I like this. Good beer, and I can drink it.

Oct 04, 2015
3.67 by aratcliffe from Kansas on Oct 01, 2015
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3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ClavisAurea from New York

Classic saison look, smell, and flavor. Nice to see a traditional farmhouse ale brewed to historic strength. Nothing Imperial about this brew. Just delicious.

Sep 29, 2015
3.59 by Waggman from Sweden on Sep 26, 2015
3.67 by trxxpaxxs from New York on Jul 31, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Almost clear, bright yellow color with white head. Very nice, floral aroma with some honey and lemon tones. Taste is slightly tart, refreshing, with the same honey and lemon. Medium body, very easy to drink. Overall this was better than expected.

Jul 29, 2015
4.25 by AlanJohnson from Oklahoma on Jul 06, 2015
4 by MPSTARR from Florida on Jul 05, 2015
3.67 by mmilyko from Nevada on May 22, 2015
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3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by wiseguywood from Indiana

A nice Farmhouse ale. Pours with a nice head, it's slightly hazy golden yellow.
Smells nice with the typical bit of sourness. Good mouth feel, and an overall very decent brew.

May 18, 2015
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by pat61 from Minnesota

Starts with a fruity sour aroma. Hazy straw to gold, white fluffy head, very clean and light, has the saison malt, as it warms more Saison flavors emerge and more malty caramel comes out as well.

May 10, 2015
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2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
by Qbdoo from Illinois

Looks appetizing in the typical saison way: a bright golden color with a nice frothy head. But after that there's not a lot going on. The scent and the taste show hints of orange and ginger, but it's pretty subdued. What's more, the taste was slightly metallic. Might hit the spot after a day in the hot sun, but otherwise a fairly run-of-the-mill beer. My first disappointing beer from Green Flash.

Update: as I make my way through the four-pack my estimation of the beer goes down. More metal with each beer.

Apr 15, 2015
3.5 by afsdan from Colorado on Apr 07, 2015
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3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by Jadjunk from Georgia

No label information. Saison Diego is brewed in the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale with spices added. Available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 51 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a billowing explosive stiff foam frothed head of a snow white complexion over a pale straw yellow body with ample agitated carbonation and fine flecked sediment in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Yeast notes forward of summer fruit, peppery spice and soft funk, very clean but very potent. Mild malt notes of pale, soft malted wheat and cracker malts form a delicate and body with a light sweetness enhanced by the potent sweetness of peach and apricot juice, and balanced out with effervescent peppery spices of coriander and white peppercorns. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor profiles much of the same notes that the aroma suggests in varying degrees of intensity. The malt notes of cracker malt, wheat and pale generate a very soft body, almost a bit too shallow on sweetness, but somewhat saved by yeast notes of stone fruit juices, notably peach and apricot which generate a soft artificial sweetness to keep the beer from being perceived as too dry. The spiciness of the coriander and peppercorn spices added plus the yeast character comes off as quite brisk, perhaps too ambitious for the malt profile in question, overshadowing the balance and drying out the palate. There is no notable hop profile and most of the bitterness comes from spices added. Finishes very dry with a lingering fruit juice and peppery spiciness on the end. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is smooth, medium silky and very dry. Carbonation is brisk, generating a medium frothiness and a boldly crisp finish. The body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly spicy and earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.25

(Overall) There's no denying that I find this beer very enjoyable all-around. Arguably a bit simplistic for the style, the yeast and spice character joins together to make one of the most drinkable and flavorful farmhouse ales out there. There's very little funk and a very ambitious blend of spices which may not be for everybody, but with the aid of a yeast-borne fruit juice-aided malt profile, there's a lot of flavor and character to savor in this beer. While I haven't tried many of Green Flash's beers, this is a very enjoyable ale and one that will have me looking into more of their Belgian-style beers. 3.75

Green Flash Brewing Co.'s
Saison Diego Farmhouse Ale

Mar 19, 2015
3.5 by nathanmiller from New York on Mar 07, 2015
3.63 by Corson from Canada (AB) on Feb 22, 2015
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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Cyberkedi from Georgia

Strong, malty aroma has a firm yeasty and fruity overtone. Pours a clear, bubbly solar yellow with a thick, fine-bubbled pale buff head. Yeasty, fruity flavor has a malty note and just a whisper of grass. Firm, smooth texture has plenty of life and fizz. Sit back with this one!

Feb 16, 2015
3.69 by qchic from Maryland on Feb 10, 2015
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5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by jenlouhen

This a great beer. Lots of flavor!

Jan 30, 2015
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5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Edoeur from Alabama

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking glossy orange to amber color. A nice foamy white one finger head started off the look on the top of this beer. After the head died off, the lacing was mainly stringy to a slight spider web fashion. The smell was fresh cut grass with a large amount of yeasty breadiness over a sweet lemon to orange aroma leading to a slight bitterness. Light coriander/spice graced the back end of the aroma. The taste was mainly the same and amplified the yeasty part and the sweet lemon. As it warmed, I got the flavor of the coriander/spice a bit more. The mouthfeel was slightly sharp but still carried a fair smooth yeastiness with a slight bitter citrus rolling over my tongue. Overall, yeah, can ya tell by the way I talk in this one how much I like this one? Though I haven't had too many saisons, glad I studied up a bit before I said something on this totally enthralling brew.

Jan 30, 2015
2.98 by CJNAPS from California on Jan 23, 2015
4 by krome from Illinois on Jan 16, 2015
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Harvest06 from Oregon

Like a less interesting version of Orval but for a lower price point.

Jan 12, 2015
4 by stwok21 from California on Dec 12, 2014
3.5 by dannymo24 from Massachusetts on Dec 10, 2014
4.16 by wrogers19971 from Delaware on Dec 09, 2014
3.25 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Dec 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ordybill from Georgia

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass Aroma- has a wheat and grass aroma with added citrus. Appearance- Pours an impressive orange color with a thick small white head. Taste- Had a very good yeast and citrus taste, very refreshing. Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- A really good saison, I will drink this again.

Nov 28, 2014
3 by Alpha309 from California on Nov 28, 2014
Green Flash Saison Diego from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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